Sheila Coyle’s reel

Also known as Shiela Coyle’s.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

Sheila Coyle's has been added to 115 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Sheila Coyle's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FA(3AAA FADF|ADFA BAFD|GBBA B(3BBBG|ABdf edBA|
FA(3AAA FADF|ADFA BAFD|GB(3BBB AFDF|EFGE FDD2:|
|:dffe fgfe|dcdB AFDF|Ac(3ccc ecAc|B(3BBBA BAFA|
dffe fgfe|dcdB AFDF|GB(3BBB AFDF|EFGE FDD2:|
"variations"
|:FA(3AAA FADF|ADFA BAGF|GB(3BBB BcBG|ABdf edBA|
FA(3AAA FADF|ADFA BAGF|GABd AF(3FFF|E(3EEEG FDD2:|
|:dffe fgfe|dBAB ADFA|ceec e2ec|B2dA BAFA|
dffe fgfe|dBAB AFDF|GABd AF(3FFF|E(3EEEG FDD2:|
# Added by SPeak .
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X: 2
T: Sheila Coyle's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FA A2 FADF|ADFA BAGF|GBBA B3A|ABdf edBA|
FA A2 FADF|ADFA BAGF|GB B2 AFDF|EFGE FDD2:|
|:dffe f3e|dcdB AFDF|Beed e3d|B3A BAFA|
dffe fgfe|dcdB AFDF|GB B2 AFDF|EFGE FDD2:|
# Added by JACKB .
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Eleven comments

A notable tune with lots of character.

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Barking Mad

Four Men and A Dog do a rollicking version of this tune on Barking Mad after the song Hidden Love. Excellent tune with a really sinuous B part.

Who’s Sheila Coyle?

I’m researching this tune right now and came up with this bit from IRTRAD: "Fiddler Seamus Connolly (Lowell, Mass.) gives that the tune is entitled after a young fiddler from the Chicago area who played it for him. "

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The Chicago Irish Musicians Association recorded an LP in 1981, called "Chicago Irish Musicians". I am lucky to own a copy. Besides many well known musicians like Johnny McGreevy, Cuz Teahan, Michael Flatly ….. too many to mention them all …. there is young Sheila Coyle as well as her father Jimmy, originally from Belmullet, who plays the box.

I shall quote:

"Sheila is eleven years old and lives in River Grove, Illinois. At the age of eight she started taking Suzuki lessons (??; Gregor) from Mrs. Wurman in Oak Park, Illinois. Shortly after, she started taking lessons from Liz Carroll, who won the Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Championship in 1975. Sheila won first place under twelve in the Chicago Fleadh Cheoil in 1980 and 1981. Sheila has a love for Irish music from listening to her father since she was born."

..Discard previous post.

Yeah, I’ve figured out it is…….

Agreed…

CMO speak with straight tongue. None of the 3 reels in the clip are "Sheila Coyle’s".

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Sheila Coyle’s is really Johnny McGreevy’s

In October 2013 Liz Carroll told me that she got this tune (or at least the first part of it) from Johnny McGreevy, and then taught it to Sheila Coyle.

Séamus Connolly learned it from Sheila Coyle but a mix-up ensued. Séamus began propagating the tune with, as a second part, not the second part that Sheila got from Liz that came from Johnny, but the second part in the first two transcriptions here, which evidently comes from a well-known Donegal reel (http://thesession.org/tunes/3033).

Liz did play me the McGreevy second part but I didn’t have a recorder with me and can’t remember it. If I meet her again I will ask again, though, and in the meantime if anybody else could get the second part from her it would be good to add either add it here, along with the name Johnny McGreevy’s, or add it as a separate tune.